2020 Alfa Romeo Stelvio vs. 2020 Nissan Murano

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Safety

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When descending a steep, off-road slope, the Stelvio’s standard Hill Descent Control allows you to creep down safely. The Murano doesn’t offer Hill Descent Control.

Both the Stelvio and the Murano have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver and front passenger knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, height adjustable front shoulder belts, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available all-wheel drive, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, front parking sensors, rear cross-path warning and driver alert monitors.

Warranty

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The Stelvio comes with a full 4-year/50,000-mile basic warranty, which covers the entire truck and includes 24-hour roadside assistance. The Murano’s 3-year/36,000-mile basic warranty expires 1 year and 14,000 miles sooner.

Reliability

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The engine in the Stelvio has a single overhead cam for simplicity. The engine in the Murano has dual overhead cams, which add to the number of moving parts and the complexity of the cylinder heads.

The Murano’s redline is at 6600 RPM, which causes more engine wear, and a greater chance of a catastrophic engine failure. The Stelvio has a 5500 RPM redline.

The battery on the Stelvio is in the trunk, which protects it from hot underhood temperatures that can degrade battery life. By keeping the Stelvio’s battery 20 to 30 degrees cooler, its life is increased by years. The Murano’s battery is in the hot engine compartment.

Engine

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The Stelvio’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 20 more horsepower (280 vs. 260) and 66 lbs.-ft. more torque (306 vs. 240) than the Murano’s 3.5 DOHC V6.

As tested in Car and Driver the Alfa Romeo Stelvio is faster than the Nissan Murano:

Stelvio

Murano

Zero to 30 MPH

1.8 sec

3.1 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

5.4 sec

7.5 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

14.7 sec

19.4 sec

5 to 60 MPH Rolling Start

6.5 sec

7.6 sec

Passing 30 to 50 MPH

3.4 sec

3.8 sec

Passing 50 to 70 MPH

4.2 sec

4.9 sec

Quarter Mile

14.1 sec

15.8 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

98 MPH

92 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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On the EPA test cycle the Stelvio gets better fuel mileage than the Murano:

Stelvio

Murano

2WD

2.0 turbo 4 cyl./Auto 8-Spd.

22 city/29 hwy

20 city/28 hwy

3.5 V6/Auto

4WD

2.0 turbo 4 cyl./Auto 8-Spd.

22 city/28 hwy

20 city/28 hwy

3.5 V6/Auto

In heavy traffic or at stoplights the Stelvio’s engine automatically turns off when the vehicle is stopped, saving fuel and reducing pollution. The engine is automatically restarted when the driver gets ready to move again. (Start/Stop isn’t accounted in present EPA fuel mileage tests.) The Murano doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

Brakes and Stopping

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For better stopping power the Stelvio’s brake rotors are larger than those on the Murano:

Stelvio

Murano

Front Rotors

13 inches

12.6 inches

Rear Rotors

12.5 inches

12.1 inches

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the Stelvio’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Murano (255/45R20 vs. 235/65R18).

The Stelvio’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 60 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Murano’s standard 65 series tires. The Stelvio’s optional tires have a lower 45 series profile than the Murano SL/Platinum’s 55 series tires.

Suspension and Handling

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The Stelvio offers an optional driver-adjustable suspension system. It allows the driver to choose between an extra-supple ride, reducing fatigue on long trips, or a sport setting, which allows maximum control for tricky roads or off-road. The Murano’s suspension doesn’t offer adjustable shock absorbers.

The Stelvio’s front to rear weight distribution is more even (50% to 50%) than the Murano’s (58.9% to 41.1%). This gives the Stelvio more stable handling and braking.

The Stelvio AWD handles at .84 G’s, while the Murano Platinum AWD pulls only .81 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The Stelvio Ti AWD executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the Murano Platinum AWD (26.9 seconds @ .67 average G’s vs. 27.8 seconds @ .64 average G’s).

For greater off-road capability the Stelvio has a 1.2 inches greater minimum ground clearance than the Murano (8.1 vs. 6.9 inches), allowing the Stelvio to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Chassis

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The Stelvio is 8.2 inches shorter than the Murano, making the Stelvio easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

As tested by Car and Driver while under full throttle, the interior of the Stelvio AWD is quieter than the Murano Platinum AWD (72 vs. 75 dB).

Cargo Capacity

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A low lift-over cargo hatch design makes loading and unloading the Stelvio easier. The Stelvio’s cargo hatch lift-over height is 28.5 inches, while the Murano’s liftover is 30.7 inches.

Towing

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The Stelvio’s standard towing capacity is much higher than the Murano’s (3000 vs. 1500 pounds).

Servicing Ease

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The engine in the Stelvio is mounted longitudinally (North-South), instead of sideways, as in the Murano. This makes it easier to service and maintain, because there are no rear spark plugs and the accessory belts are in front.

The Stelvio has a maintenance free battery for long life without checking the battery’s water level. The Murano doesn’t have a maintenance free battery, so the water level in the battery’s cells must be checked often to prevent damage.

Ergonomics

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The Stelvio’s power parking brake sets with one touch and releases with one touch or automatically. The Murano’s parking brake has to released manually.

The power windows standard on both the Stelvio and the Murano have locks to prevent small children from operating them. When the lock on the Stelvio is engaged the driver can still operate all of the windows, for instance to close one opened by a child. The Murano prevents the driver from operating the other windows just as it does the other passengers.

The Stelvio’s front and rear power windows all open or close fully with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside the car. The Murano’s rear power window switches have to be held the entire time to open or close them fully.

The Stelvio’s rain-sensitive wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically based on the amount of rainfall on the windshield. This allows the driver to concentrate on driving without constantly adjusting the wipers. The Murano S’ standard manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted. The Murano SV/SL/Platinum’s intermittent wipers change speed with vehicle speed, but can’t turn on and off or change speed based on changing rainfall.

Heated windshield washer nozzles are optional on the Stelvio to prevent washer fluid and nozzles from freezing and help continue to keep the windshield clear in sub-freezing temperatures. The Murano doesn’t offer heated windshield washer nozzles.

In poor weather, headlights can lose their effectiveness as grime builds up on their lenses. This can reduce visibility without the driver realizing. The Stelvio offers available headlight washers to keep headlight output high. The Murano doesn’t offer headlight washers.

To help drivers see further while navigating curves, the Stelvio has standard adaptive headlights to illuminate around corners automatically by reading vehicle speed and steering wheel angle. The Murano doesn’t offer cornering lights.

The Stelvio’s standard outside mirrors include heating elements to clear off the mirrors for better visibility. Nissan only offers heated mirrors on the Murano SV/SL/Platinum.

The Stelvio offers optional automatic dimming rear and side view mirrors which automatically darken quickly when headlights shine on them, keeping following vehicles from blinding or distracting the driver. The Murano offers an automatic rear view mirror, but its side mirrors don’t dim.

The Stelvio offers an optional 115-volt a/c outlet in the cargo area, allowing you to recharge a laptop or run small household appliances without special adapters that can break or get misplaced. The Murano doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.

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